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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Fund Notification" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2020 04:38:07 +0800
Subject: Re: Your Fund Is Ready.....Reply

Attention: Sir/Madam,
After our board meeting with International Monetary Fund (IMF) and United State Government including European Parliament they already given us instruction to release your Compensation fund immediately you get back to me with your full name and address telephone number.
Listen i Mrs Robin Sander want to know if you sent John Scott to represent you with below information and you should be very carefully before your funds transfer to below bank details because he submitted his bank details claiming that you sent him to represent you to claim the fund $9.7m on your behalf his name is JOHN SCOTT. Did you sign any Deed of Assignment in favor of (JOHN SCOTT) Thereby making him the current beneficiary with his following account details?
Please you should advise to Re-confirm your information so that we can start processing the transfer of $9.7m on your behalf.
AC/NUMBER: 5170684.
ROUTING/ 021000032,
Thanks for your maximum co-operation.
Dr Fred Thomas/ Mrs Robin Sanders
Department Of Treasury Direct-Account
United Nations Fund's Remittance

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